Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,453 pages of information and 245,911 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Royal Naval Torpedo Factory, Greenock

From Graces Guide

1872 Manufacture of Whitehead torpedos started [1]at Woolwich Arsenal.

1910 The Admiralty opened the Clyde Torpedo Factory at Greenock and moved production there.

1910 Skilled workers were transferred from Woolwich whose 'services are practically indispensable': the Admiralty felt obliged, therefore, 'to afford them all reasonable assistance in their desire to establish themselves in homes and surroundings in some degree similar to those in which they have been accustomed to live' - in this case cottages with parlour, living room, two bedrooms, bathroom, and scullery at a rent of not more than 9s. per week. Consequently the Admiralty made arrangements with the Scottish Garden Suburb Co., Ltd. for the provision of housing accommodation for employees of the factory.

1943 the urgent need to expand development led to the creation of a separate entity, the Torpedo Experimental Establishment, at Greenock on part of the factory site.

1947 The factory closed, by which time production had been moved to Royal Naval Torpedo Factory, Alexandria.

1959 The Torpedo Experimental Establishment continued in Greenock until 1959.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] National Archives
  • [2] Greenock
  • [3] National Archives